The street lights which have been installed by Ntcheu District Council come in response to increased cases of theft and vandalism and attacks on residence within the area at night.
District Commissioner for Ntcheu Smart Gwedemula said, as a council, they take this as another important milestone and hope the street lights will reduce accidents as road users will be able to have a clear view as they pass the trading center which is also busy during the night.
“M1 is a busy road and Ntcheu Boma has endless activities both during day and night. We want to ensure that we have maximum safety when we are using the road. So, these street lights will serve its intended purpose,” said Gwedemula.
Gwedemula urged the people around the Boma to make use of these lights and safeguard them. He asked people not to vandalize the street lights.
“People are afraid to commit crimes in the presence of light. We have recorded cases of theft and I am sure that this will be a thing for the past as we will be able to have security along the road,” explained the District Commissioner.
Asked to comment on the matter, Chairperson for the Business Community in the district, James Chauluka, said they are now assured of their business safety at night.
“Many businesses have collapsed due to theft and vandalism at night. As much as we hire people to guard our property, it was hard to patrol the whole area in darkness. These street lights will have a positive impact on our businesses,” said Chauluka.
The street lights were installed under the Community Managed Socio-Economic Project (CMSEP) and contracted the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) to carry out the job.